Our firm specializes in sophisticated criminal defense. We are known for our caring, compassionate approach to clients' problems. We are thorough, tough and tenacious, whether trying to prevent a case from being filed, pursuing a favorable settlement, or preparing for trial. We pay equal attention to the law, the facts, and the human element.
We never sacrifice our clients' interests in order to gain media attention for ourselves. Sometimes our best results are accomplished quietly, behind closed doors, and never spoken of again. We provide personalized representation and take only as many cases as we can comfortably handle. Whether a professional person is charged with a multi-million dollar white collar crime, or a juvenile with assaulting a schoolmate, we treat every case with the utmost seriousness, knowing the collateral as well as direct damage a conviction can bring.
Jennifer Keller is one of the best-known criminal defense lawyers in California. She has tried over 150 cases to jury verdict, including some of the highest profile matters in Orange County. The LA & San Francisco Daily Journals have named her one of California's Top 100 Lawyers (2007), 100 Most Influential Lawyers (Editor's Pick, 2001), one of California's Top 75 Women Litigators (2007) and one of California's top 30 Women Litigators (2002). She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and in Los Angeles Magazine's "Southern California Superlawyers' in the categories of Criminal Defense, Top 50 Orange County lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers. Her trial record is outstanding.
Kay Rackauckas has been a lawyer for 19 years. She spent 12 of those years in the Orange County District Attorney's Office as one of its most respected prosecutors. During that time she tried 94 cases to jury verdict, winning 92 of them. She has had similar success as a member of the defense bar, where her negotiation as well as trial skills have made her one of the most effective defense lawyers in Orange County.
Representative clients include prosecutors, judges, police officers, attorneys, physicians, dentists, CEOs, CFOs, teachers, college professors, entertainers, professional athletes, sports agents, CPAs, members of the clergy, securities dealers, military officers, elected officials, real estate professionals, mortgage loan brokers, and business owners -- along with their offspring.
Keller Rackauckas's stellar record stems from our client-centric legal philosophy. We approach every case, large or small, vigorously and with all of our considerable legal resources at the ready. At the same time, we pride ourselves on caring for our clients as human beings undergoing a time of stress and uncertainty.
We're Always In Our Client's Corner
At Keller Rackauckas we do whatever we can to help our clients. People come to use when they are in pain and facing frightening potential consequences. Even what appear to be small cases can carry grave consequences for a client's family life, career trajectory or standing in the community. Keller Rackauckas recognizes that. Our clients know they're never going to be judged here, and that we're always going to do our best to help them.
We Put Our Clients' Interests First
In recent times some defense attorneys have decided their own celebrity and media attention are more important than their clients' interests, and seek news headlines or television appearances whenever as possible.
Keller Rackauckas invites media attention only when we are certain it will benefit the client, or where that attention is unavoidable and we need to provide the client's side of the story in order to bring balance to the coverage. Very often the best route for a client—and particularly for high-profile individuals—is for the public to never know of an investigation at all. This avoids fallout for the client and lessens public pressure on the prosecution to file charges in the first place. So-called "celebrity attorneys" usually weaken, rather than help, their clients' chances of dismissal or acquittal.
For this reason, Keller Rackauckas strives to keep our clients off the front page or evening newscast whenever possible. It also means we never tell others in the legal community—even close colleagues—whom we represent.
We Prepare Each Case As If It Will Go To Trial
Keller Rackauckas's superior negotiating ability comes from our reputation as fearless attorneys who are prepared to go to trial at all times, with proven skill in the courtroom and the ability to produce excellent verdicts. Prosecutors generally don't offer the best dispositions to attorneys who haven't earned their respect in front of a jury. Keller Rackauckas understands this.
At Keller Rackauckas we know that to achieve the best outcomes for our clients, we have to be prepared to take every case to trial, even if only a fraction will actually be tried.
Conduct Our Own Investigation of Every Case
Too many attorneys assume the law enforcement investigation is accurate or thorough. Keller Rackauckas utilizes our relationships with Southern California's best investigators to conduct private, thorough investigations of all matters—allowing us to approach cases with a completely objective view and an open mind. Whether we uncover evidence beneficial to our client, or are able disprove the case altogether before it goes any further, investigating each case independently and not relying on the government for evidence puts our attorneys in a superior position to advise our clients.
We Take the Title "Counselor at Law" Seriously.
It isn't just our job to be tacticians; our job can mean helping the client in other ways.
Sometimes that means telling a client something he doesn't want to hear: that the case is unwinnable, and needs to be negotiated, or that "everybody does it" is not a defense. In other cases, we may help clients dealing with drug addiction get the treatment they need, or encourage a client with mental or emotional problems to get psychiatric help or psychological counseling. We may locate a therapeutic school for a troubled teenager or help a DUI offender find just the right A.A. group. With numerous contacts in all these areas, we pride ourselves on helping match the client to the resource he or she needs.
Being in our client's corner sometimes means being the messenger who brings the bad news, but doing it in such a way that our clients know we're not judging them. Our clients' appreciation shows in the hundreds of letters, gifts and expressions of thanks we receive from clients we've helped over the years—both with legal problems and in their personal lives.
We may be the only professionals you'll meet who don't want your repeat business! We want help you get your legal problems behind you so you can go on with your life.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
At Keller Rackauckas we handle the entire gamut of cases, from misdemeanor to murder, and occasionally a complex business litigation case with high damages and a client we are convinced has been treated unfairly. We understand that for our clients, every case is a big case, and we are careful to minimize wherever possible the collateral consequences of a conviction, whether in the immigration arena or in the area of professional licensing. We do this by being pro-active, and by careful strategizing and planning, starting even before a case is filed. Among the criminal and juvenile charges we defend are the following:
- murder with special circumstances
- Assault Crimes
- assault & battery
- assault with a deadly weapon
- assault with great bodily injury
- Domestic Violence
- Child Endangerment
- Sex Offenses
- lewd conduct
- indecent exposure
- child molestation
- statutory rape
- Narcotics Offenses
- possession of controlled substances
- possession for sale and sale/transportation of controlled substances
- cultivation of marijuana
- under the influence of a controlled substance
- possession of narcotics paraphernalia
- Financial Crimes/ White Collar
- bank fraud
- money laundering
- mail and wire fraud
- medical and insurance fraud
- mortgage loan fraud
- government contract fraud
- tax evasion and tax fraud
- Property Crimes
- grand theft
- petty theft
- Environmental Offenses
- Computer & Internet Offenses
- theft of data-base information
- electronic altering of grades and transcripts
- Identity Theft
- Driving Offenses
- felony drunk driving with injury
- vehicular manslaughter
- vehicular second-degree murder
- Appeals & Writs of Habeas Corpus